New York to Boston for Thanksgiving

Old Oct 28th, 2002, 10:16 AM
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Where are you initially flying in from to JFK?

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Old Oct 28th, 2002, 10:51 AM
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I think David has run away in order to avoid this trip from hell.
Old Oct 28th, 2002, 11:01 AM
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just keeping this hot post topped for David.

I agree with virtually all others here--you could not have picked a worse driving schedule. 5PM is always tough, NY to Boston is always tough, and The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest day for air, rail, bus AND road traffic!! Please do not underestimate the times given here (I think 6-7 hours to Boston is GOOD--It once took me over 4 hours to get from NYC to New Haven.

Most reasonable choice I would pick would be the stay overnight option (you might be able to get a hotel near the airport or a nearby sections of Long Island and then leave early (6 am) for the drive. If you leave that early, you will avoid at lest 2+ hours of sitting in traffice, potentially much more!
Old Oct 28th, 2002, 11:02 AM
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I checked Amtrak prices and they are $300 per person round trip. I just can't imagine the hell of flying (I'm guessing David's is a cross country flight since it is JFK) and then stuck in hellacious traffic for almost 8 hours.
Old Oct 28th, 2002, 05:47 PM
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okay then...I am VERY appreciative of everyone's responses and suggestions. There are a lot of interesting alternatives, however, I have no one to blame but myself for my scheduling. We are travelling cross country and meeeting my (adult) daughter in ny and plan on being with family in Boston. We could leave early Thurs am...IS THAT ANY BETTER? Its been awhile since I've made the drive, but I know there are alternatives, such as 684 through Brewster (that maybe good only from upstate ie. Rockland?).
Anyway, instead of 4.5 I guess I have 7hrs to look forward to.
It's ok, when you're normally 3000 miles away from family what's another 3 hrs? Besides noone should feel sorry for me as I am a member of a dispicable class of people...lawyers! (albeit a gov't one who doesn't have the extra bucks to change tickets etc ;-)
Old Oct 28th, 2002, 05:51 PM
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Yes, it will be less horrible if you can leave EARLY on Thursday (and Sunday).
Old Oct 28th, 2002, 06:07 PM
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Yes, anytime other than 5 PM Wed is better - some prefer to leave at 11 PM or so, but after a cross country flight, that raises some safety issues. My recommendation would be a hotel room at airport and leave at 5 AM on Thursday. No good suggestions for Sunday.

As far as route, I would always avoid Rte 95 and suggest Tappan Zee Bridge - Rte 84 - Mass Pike. If you need more details, post again, but perhaps NY daughter will know necessary details.

Even lawyers are allowed to post here, when I last checked. Maybe someone knows some good and appropriate jokes about being in a car with a lawyer for 7 hours.
Old Oct 28th, 2002, 06:24 PM
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We travel every year fron No NJ to Plymouth MA. We did Wed nght once & never again-We leave @8:30 AM on Thurs & get to Plymouth in 4 hrs or so-We try to come back Monday or we leave by 11 on Sun AM
Have a great time
Old Oct 28th, 2002, 07:38 PM
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David - -

Why can't your 'adult' daughter find her own way up to Boston and you fly directly into Logan? Why is she putting her parents thru all these unnecessary travel headaches?
Old Oct 29th, 2002, 09:18 AM
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The Thursday early (really early) morning departure scenario will make a big difference. If you can arrange it this way, you'll thank us! As far as the route--you just never know. Some people avoid I-95 at all costs, but I'm not too thrilled with the I-84 route out of NYC either. Make sure you have a radio on 1010 am or 880 am before you leave the house/hotel so you can get a feel for any trouble spots that have already developed or any construction closures. That may influence your decision. Make sure you have good maps so you can change routes along the way if you need to.
Old Oct 29th, 2002, 09:52 AM
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If you want to make this a semi-fun thing, you could stay in NYC that night and go to the Museum of Natural History area, where they blow up the balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. It's a good time. Then get out of town early, early in the morning. I second everyone else's opinion - traveling on Wed afternoon/night is a NIGHTMARE.
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